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Poster: video22 Date: Jan 30, 2006 12:54pm
Forum: classic_cartoons Subject: If Licence box and description are missing are they not in PD?

Hello,
My question is is I can't see licence box and licence description does it means I can't use it for commercial puposes.

Like the link below is clear like lots of Betty movies both box and description: public domain is displayed.

There are over 50 % of cartoons that don't have any info.
Is it missing because somebody forgot or we can't touch it.

I'm using these cartoons to rise money for my movie.

Thanks
Mike



http://www.archive.org/details/bb_she_wronged_him_right

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Poster: FP Date: Feb 5, 2006 1:33pm
Forum: classic_cartoons Subject: Re: If Licence box and description are missing are they not in PD?

All the cartoons here are ostensibly in the public domain.

However, there can be sticky issues using them elsewhere because the characters themselves, such as Popeye and Betty Boop, are owned by savage killer corporations. It's an odd grey area. I limit my use of these cartoons to shots, such as the cutaway mad scientist shots of the SUPERMAN cartoons, that don't feature the trademarked characters in question. It would be nuts, in my opinion, to try to commercially use sequences featuring Superman himself, no matter if the source cartoon is PD. If you're doing freely distributed video "art" or a school project it might float under the radar.

I believe it's safe to use shots of the SNAFU character however you want, because it was created under order of the US government for training purposes.

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Poster: video22 Date: Feb 20, 2006 10:25am
Forum: classic_cartoons Subject: Re: If Licence box and description are missing are they not in PD?

Thanks for info,

If I'm giving cartoons for free on web but attaching ad at the end to raise funds for feature film is this considered commercial use or if you want to use characters in your own commercial or movie which will be played in movie theaters.

I know you are not attorney but what's you take on it.

Thanks
Mike

P.S. Who posts that "public Domain" box is it uploader or Internet Archive staff?

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Poster: FP Date: Feb 27, 2006 3:50am
Forum: classic_cartoons Subject: Re: If Licence box and description are missing are they not in PD?

Not an attorney as you say, but:

If you're giving these away free, as this archive does, I don't think you'll have problems. Whatever ad material you include probably doesn't imply endorsement by Popeye himself.